NORTH CAROLINA GENERAL ASSEMBLY

House of Representatives
Legislative Office Building
Raleigh 27603


REPRESENTATIVE TRICIA COTHAM
100
TH
DISTRICT
LEGISLATIVE OFFICE BUILDING
ROOM 403
RALEIGH, NC 27603
(919) 715-0706
(919) FAX 754-3184
Triciac@ncleg.net


COMMITTEES:
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FINANCE
HEALTH
TRANSPORTATION

July 28, 2014

Delivered Via Email

The Honorable Pat McCrory
Office of the Governor
20301 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-0301

Dear Gov. McCrory:

Several weeks ago, you promised to veto any legislation that fails to provide
transparency in the disclosure of charter school salaries.

Last week the House and Senate passed SB 793. While this bill requires that charter
schools disclose the salaries of direct employees, including teachers, it creates a
dangerous loophole that would allow Charter School Management Companies to take
advantage of taxpayer funds by hiding payments to the very people and entities for
which disclosure is most necessary.

This is bad policy that inevitably will result in abuse. To put it simply, SB 793 takes
North Carolina taxpayers for a ride. Charter schools were created to be laboratories of
innovation for our schools. They were not created to be a get rich quick scheme for
management companies at taxpayer expense.

Like you, I believe that we must be wise stewards of taxpayer funds. No matter how
powerful or politically connected some of those who will benefit from this loophole may
be, our first loyalty is to our citizens. We cannot tolerate abuse of public funds.


Letter to Gov. Pat McCrory
July 28, 2014
Page 2


Now is the time to keep your word about transparency. Now is not the time to play
politics, to play word games, or to only listen to donors. Now is the time for ethical
leadership and for unwavering commitment to the principles you earlier said you
support.

I call on you to keep your word and veto this bill.

Thank you for your time. I hope to see you and Ann soon.

Sincerely,

Rep. Tricia Cotham
/PAC

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